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President Kim Phipps Receives Centennial Award from Kent State University

August 28th, 2014

President Kim Phipps has been named the 2014 recipient of The Centennial Award, the highest honor of Kent State University’s School of Communication Studies. This award honors alumni “who are nationally and internationally recognized for their preeminent contributions to their profession’s or life’s work as they relate to the field of communication, education, scholarship and community.” President Phipps earned her Ph.D. in communication studies from Kent State University. Read the rest of this entry »

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Graduate program in counseling achieves extended accreditation

August 7th, 2014

The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) has extended accredited status to all three tracks in Messiah College’s popular Master of Arts in Counseling. The tracks include clinical mental health; marriage, couple and family; and school counseling.

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Ninety-five percent of Class of 2013 graduates employed or in graduate school within six months of graduation

August 7th, 2014

The “First Destination” survey report for the Messiah College Class of 2013 reveals that 95% of respondents from that graduating class were employed or enrolled in graduate school or a professional program within six months of graduation.

Our 2013 graduates are working at places like Ernst & Young, LLC, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, General Motors, Hershey Entertainment and Resorts, Michael Waltrip Racing, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, The Dow Chemical Company and University of California San Diego Medical Center.

They are advancing their degree at places like Columbia University, Drexel University, Duke University, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Virginia Tech and Wesley Theological Seminary.

Read the full report.

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Alexandra Burris ’15 honored for academic excellence during Oxford semester

August 7th, 2014

Senior psychology major/French minor Alexandra Burris ’15 is among a small group of students awarded a de Jager prize for exceptional academic performance during her Scholars’ Semester in Oxford. Burris’ academic performance during the 2014 spring semester earned the de Jager—administered by Scholarship and Christianity in Oxford—which recognizes students who demonstrate outstanding application and ability of their educational experience.

“Since I had visiting student status, I could go pretty much anywhere in the university, including in the Bodleian Library, which is a really rare opportunity,” noted Burris about her Oxford experience. “I also got to study one-on-one with university professors, which was an incredible honor. The depth of insight they provided was amazing.”

Burris is Messiah’s fourth student to receive the de Jager prize since its founding in 2013. She joins alums Jessica Barnett ’13, Kaitlyn Kulp ’14 and Nate Van Wyck ’13.

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Scott Kerstetter ‘17 awarded Department of Defense SMART Scholarship

August 7th, 2014

Engineering student Scott Kerstetter ‘17 has received a SMART Scholarship from the research and development branch of the Department of Defense (DOD). The benefits of the scholarship include payment of all college expenses, a cash stipend for living expenses, summer internships at DOD facilities and a guaranteed job after college.

The SMART program provides the opportunity for college students to be hired by a DOD site; Kerstetter will work at Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Md., one of the largest DOD facilities. He will do testing for the Army in the communications/electronics sector.

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Dean of the School of Humanities Pete Powers selected for national leadership development program

July 22nd, 2014

Pete Powers, dean of the School of the Humanities, is one of 32 administrators in higher education nationwide selected by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) to participate in a yearlong Senior Leadership Academy.

Individuals chosen for the program are administrators in higher education who have been identified by their institutions as having the potential for senior leadership positions in independent colleges or universities. Powers will participate in two seminars, will undertake a mentoring program, work with experts, participate in webinars and engage in a series of readings and case studies during the 2014-2015 academic year.

For more information about the Senior Leadership Academy, visit

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Evan Shirey ‘14 awarded Paxton Ministries Frey Service Award

July 9th, 2014

Messiah College student Evan Shirey ‘14 was one of three Frey Service Award Recipients recognized by Paxton Ministries. Recipients demonstrate a Christ-centered life, sacrificial spirit, heart of compassion and history of service over time. Shirey began volunteering with Paxton as a sophomore and helped Paxton by cleaning, leading activities and befriending the residents. He also participated in and recruited volunteers for Best Buddies, a program that pairs residents with a one-on-one connection.

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Messiah College earns Tree Campus USA designation for third consecutive year

June 24th, 2014

Messiah College earned recognition as a 2013 Tree Campus USA,® a national program launched in 2008 by the Arbor Day Foundation and Toyota that honors colleges and universities and their leaders for promoting healthy trees and engaging students and staff in the spirit of conservation.

To obtain this distinction, Messiah College has met the five core standards for sustainable campus forestry required by Tree Campus USA, including establishment of a tree advisory committee, evidence of a campus tree-care plan, dedicated annual expenditures for its campus tree program, an Arbor Day observance and the sponsorship of student service-learning projects.

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Student Joel Bauman ’15 finishes third in national online vocal competition

June 16th, 2014

Joel Bauman ’15, music education major, finished third in the musical theater category of an online vocal competition run by music publisher Hal Leonard.

Watch Bauman’s winning submission.

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Internship Center Director Mike True named one of the 10 most visionary leaders in college career services

June 9th, 2014

Mike True, director of the Internship Center, is among the most “visionary and forward-thinking leaders in career services and recruiting,” according to the 2014 Career Services Insights Survey, a survey sent to more than 700 career professionals representing 520 different colleges and universities. True is the only Christian college representative on the list.

The full report from the survey will be available in June at

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